Jason and I had a fun time speaking previously on this show. He's a successful Founder, great guy, and I have come to realize, a really good Father. So, in honor of Father's Day, I asked him back on the show to get real about fatherhood and entrepreneurship. He shares how he balances both and shares the 3 areas he believes you must master in order to excel at both roles. Oh, I tell a story about working from home and feces that you won't want to miss. ;)
One of the best things about this interview is Brian practices what he preaches. He encourages Founders to be vulnerable with their teams, admit when they make mistakes and let go of the things their team should be doing...and he shares personal stories of his failures and victories around these very topics. It's hard to not feel good about his mission. But, it's even harder not to appreciate Brian's candor as he shares his personal journey From Founder To CEO.
She risked her stable job at Intel to create her fast growing startup in her garage. And, she has not looked back since. Along the way she learned how hard it is to raise capital and how she needed to alter her approach to each team member in order for the team to excel. Mahisha is a lot of fun and an amazing leader.
Incredible. Guest. Phillip. Is. One. Of. A. Kind. - From his roots of helping political candidates win elections, Phillip has applied his and his team's data-driven marketing prowess to help big brands WIN. He challenges himself and others toward winning excellence. And, when two team members said he was being mean...he challenged himself to get better and win them back. And, when he discovered he had an incurable disease...he challenged himself to find a cure and win at health. Plus, he...
You may have noticed that the college admission process has been in the news lately. Well, what you may not know, is there is a Founder & CEO named Neha Gupta that is leading the charge to ethically and responsibly helps students and their parents with this stressful process. In this candid interview, Neha shares her thoughts on the industry and what happened to her on the road from Founder to CEO.
Brock doesn't want you to have to go through what he went through. Learn how he recovered and what he learned from having to tell his team they would not be paid...right before the Christmas holiday. Brock is full of insights as he shares his journey From Founder To CEO.
Startup and Scaleup co-founders can learn a lot from these two leaders. Kerry and Ashlee are mother and daughter, but they are also powerhouse entrepreneurs who co-founded an amazing SaaS platform that brings people together at events. As women of color they found it challenging to raise money. But, they are now on a roll and offer all of us amazing wisdom about how to have a great relationship as co-founders. Leaders solve problems. They are experts at problem-solving. And, we can all learn...
Feedback is a gift, they say. :) Well, if you don't know how to handle it, it may not be a gift. John learned how to handle feedback after appearing on the hit BBC show, Dragons' Den. He didn't end up earning an investment, but the experience did help shape his approach to harnessing feedback...an approach that informs his daily decision-making with his customers in over 60 countries. You'll want to take notes on his 3 steps.
She calls herself the "Butter Boss." But, Ramaha is so much more. She has conquered the challenges of startups and is on her way to scaling up her international company. She talks about a key lesson of hiring...not confusing performance and skill with passion for the mission. I think you'll benefit from her insights.
Tom has done it all. Record store owner, successful music artist, successful salesman and now successful Founder. We can all learn a lot from his story of coming to the United States at an early age and finding his entrepreneurial path. But, it's his interesting story of how his early days in Poland and Chicago help to create mindset barriers toward money and their impact on scaling his company, that I found most fascinating.
Charlynda's grandfather, Charlie "Mutt" Ferrell, Jr. created an all-purpose specialty sauce in 1956. In 2013, she learned that she inherited the coveted recipe. He didn't leave her any instructions, but she used her Air Force leadership experience and business background to create Mutt's Sauce, LLC, and they now distribute four flavors of Mutt's Sauce across the U.S.
What you'll hear from Charlynda is this interview is the wisdom of many years. Her mentor, Daymond John (yes, that Daymond...
Frank is a former spacecraft systems engineer who co-founded a fuel delivery service? Yes! He is a VERY thoughtful person. Franks gets pretty detailed about the 3 leadership and hiring secrets that surprised him as he transitioned from spacecraft systems engineer and then co-founder and CEO. Plus, he shares a key hiring technique that I personally advocate.
Do you need an injection of joy and understanding, as you fight another battle as a Founder & CEO? Then listen to my interview with Francois Mignon. Her wisdom will help you tackle the toughest of time periods.
How many Founders do you know started their business in the 1970s and are still in business today? How Founders do you know started out as a farmer and now lead a multi-million dollar corporation? How many Founders do you know are willing to admit that all this work took a toll on their health and led to changing their leadership style? Joe is one of the most humble Founders you will meet, and in this very personal interview he described what his doctor told him and how it led to him...
Patience. That's what Joah needed to develop more as he and his team built Localeur. It's the type of trait that was challenging for him to develop based on his past. But, it's what he developed as he raised significant amounts of capital to launch, build, and now pilot his company to cash flow positive. Joah's heart shines through in this candid interview.
Determination, integrity, and kind...these are the characteristics that I think of when I think about Paul Becker. Paul has tackled a challenging problem - make art more accessible by helping thousands of art buyers pay for their art. Paul talks about how learning to be himself has helped him grow Art Money in the U.S. market.
Elena's passion for excellence will inspire you. She has grown her company on the premise that the company's actions will mirror the values it espouses to its clients. I especially like her thoughts on freeing up your time as Founder and CEO to think through things such as culture and values.
"Better, Not Bitter" is this Founder's motto. If you are feeling down, overwhelmed, exhausted, or just feel like giving up the Founder game...listen to Cashmere and email me and tell me you still feel the same way. Cashmere's strength and tenacity will remind you that we all go through difficulties as we grow our businesses and ourselves. But, few of us have endured what she has gone through.
Imagine you are from a foreign county and you are in the United States growing your startup. All of a sudden the city seizes your office space and a major recession hits and you have to lay off a large portion of your company. What would YOU do? Listen to what Benoit did and get a lesson you might not expect.